Instead of buying expensive prepackaged microwave popcorn, you can make your own with a simple paper bag!
This isn’t the usual type of recipe I share, but I recently came across this life hack that I am just so excited about. Did you know that it’s possible to make fresh popcorn in your microwave with just an ordinary brown paper bag?
I couldn’t believe it! So much money is saved popping your own with a paper bag compared to purchasing the pre-packaged microwave bags at the store. Also, you get to customize it however you wish. I can never find one at the store that has the amount of butter and salt I’m personally looking for.
All you need is an ordinary brown paper lunch bag, a measuring cup, and a container of popcorn kernels. If desired, you can add some salt and oil at this stage, but it’s not necessary to cook the popcorn, and I prefer not to because I’d rather wait until the popcorn is finished and then season to my liking.
Pour a full 1/4 cup of uncooked kernels into the bag. Then, you want to have a decent seal on the top so it doesn’t open while cooking. I folded my bag top down twice. Then I tucked in the corners.
Put your bag, laying fold-side down, into the microwave.
Cook for approximately 2 minutes. I don’t recommend going more than that on your first attempt because you might end up with some burned kernels. You can play around with the time a little after your first attempt, but my ideal time ended up being 2 minutes.
Then, open your bag carefully, and ta-da! You should have a bag full of warm, just-popped popcorn. Since I discovered this, I’ve been enjoying a bag nearly every day. It’s so easy and fun and that one jar of kernels goes a long way.
You might like to try my homemade potato chip recipe you can make in the microwave, too!
Microwave Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag
- 1 brown paper bag lunch size
- 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
- salt, butter, and seasonings of your choice
- Place kernels into paper bag. Fold top over twice, like in the post photo, to help secure the bag. Tuck in the edges of the bag.
- Place the bag, fold-side down, into your microwave. Cook for approximately 2 minutes, but make sure to not leave your microwave unattended.
- Carefully open bag (there will be a lot of hot steam at first!), and season popcorn to your liking. Enjoy!
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.